You better get tested!

It is important to make the difference between AIDS and HIV. HIV is the virus that can cause AIDS while AIDS describes the final stage of the virus. When you have AIDS, your immune system is deficient (hence the name Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome).AIDS can lead to serious health problems and anyone who has AIDS should immediately consult a physician in order to receive a treatment and prevent death. Indeed, someone with AIDS can suffer from an infection that wouldn't even show up on someone that has a healthy immune system.  

It is currently estimated that more than 35 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. Since the starting point, 36 millions of people have died because of HIV. Why are the numbers so big? Well, many reasons can explain them. First of all, HIV can live for years in someone's body without causing any physical trouble. In the U.S. the statistics reveal that one out of six people aren't even aware of their own infection! Second of all, there's no actual vaccine or treatment that can cure the disease for good and unlike other viruses, the body is not able to get rid of it. Third of all, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that the majority of the people that have contracted HIV do not have access to prevention, care or treatment. Indeed, it is sad but approximately 97% of the people that live with HIV are from low- and middle-income countries (you can see it in the picture below)


''The global HIV/AIDS crisis today.'' U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 6 June 2012. Web. 23 April 2014.

''Statistics: Worldwide.'' amfAR, October 2013. Web. 23 April 2014.

Estimated prevalence in % of HIV among young adults (15–49) per country

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